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Unformatted text preview: well.” “So how are things going along? Pretty good. Going to be good tomorrow? Hope so.” STUDS TERKEL (1912– AMERICAN HISTORIAN AND JOURNALIST In this lesson, you’ll focus on words from the world of popular, or “pop,” culture—a general pool of ideas and words informally shared by the public. CERTAIN WORDS, IDEAS, attitudes, and beliefs show up in our lives and become, from time to time, popular. Their wide acceptance seems to happen all at once and without any particular explanation. Suddenly, everyone seems to be thinking the same way, doing the same thing, and using the same words. When this happens, when something’s accepted as interesting, fun, or fashionable by a lot of people, it becomes part of what we call popular culture. There’s also what’s called high culture. It’s that collection of arts (literature, opera, philosophy, and so on) that we commonly associate with highly educated, cultured people. For example, Shakespeare’s plays, Mozart’s music, and museum objects, like the Pharaohs’ tombs, are considered high cultur...
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